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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Man arrested at Olympics for not smiling

If you're attending the Olympic Games in person, remember to smile, otherwise you may find yourself nabbed by the Thought Police. The Guardian reports:
[Mark] Worsfold, whose experience was first reported by Private Eye, claims police questioned him about his demeanour and why he had not been seen to be visibly enjoying the event. Worsfold, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2010, suffers from muscle rigidity that affects his face. He was released after two hours without charge or caution.

"It could have been done better. I was arrested for not smiling. I have Parkinson's," he said, adding that he realised the officers were working long hours and trying to control the event properly, but they had not, in his case, acted correctly. He said he did not want to make further comment until he received a response from Surrey police.
But the real problem, according to the article, isn't the proliferation of police state tactics. No, it's "the kind of 'chronic misunderstandings' people with Parkinson's have to deal with regularly."

I didn't realize kidnapping was among those chronic misunderstandings, but not to worry. It's nothing a little sensitivity training won't fix.

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